December 18, 2016
And, just like that, it's the week of Christmas!
It's been such a fun Christmas season, though it just goes by too quickly. This week, I'll be sharing some of the treats from my annual Christmas cookie exchange which was this past week end.
These spiced pecans are a cinch to make. They would be a great treat to bring to an holiday party or even as a gift in a tin. Nobody can resist grabbing a few when they are sitting on a bowl on a counter!
While baking, your house will smell so good. These nuts combine all of the popular spices of the season--cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. The brown sugar makes them a little sweet, and you could also substitute Splenda if you wanted to cut the sugar.
Enjoyed all the sugared and sweet things of the season!
Yields 2 cups
Egg white from from 1 large egg
1/2 cup light brown-sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. Kosher salt
1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
8 oz. pecan halves (2 cups)
Preheat the oven to 300ºF. Spray a sheet pan with cooking spray or line with parchment paper.
In a large bowl, add the egg white and using an electric mixer (or whisk) and whisk until light and frothy. Then, add in the brown sugar, vanilla, spices, salt, and pepper, and continue to whisk until combined. Add the pecans to bowl and stir well until the pecans are thoroughly coated.
Pour the mixture (it's OK if the liquid pours out with it!) onto the baking sheet and spread in a single layer. Bake for 30 minutes. Half-way through baking, toss twice with a spatula, ensuring that you spread the pecans out in one layer.
After the pecans are done, allow to cool completely. Store in an airtight container.
A Simply Sweet Justice Original, inspired by the season